the blues . smokey eyes for the new year II

for this one, I digged into the Gwen Stefani Palette for Urban Decay. I think this is particularly flattering on brown and hazel eyes…

yaass, Santa was quite nice this year — I mean, two awesome palettes! —, but be still, sweet hearts, you can reproduce this look with any brands/colours you have at your disposal. for the main colour, the blue, may I suggest the L’Oréal Infallible 24 Hr Eyeshadow in the very poetically-and-conveniently named shade Midnight Blue?

I started off by prepping the eyes with the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and then I blended the neutral browns Anaheim and Zone on and a bit above the crease, to create the frame for the blue, which in this palette is called Danger (and is basically the same shade of blue as in the late Smoked Palette). I patted it in carefully within the lid area, to pack on a lot of colour, and went back and forth blending and adding colour both to the crease and the lid. then I blended a bit of Serious, the darker grey, on the outer corner, Baby on the inner corner for a pop of light without creating too much contrast, and a touch of Skimp, which is a bone colour, on the brow bone.
I used the L’Oréal Infallible lacquer liner both on the roots of the lashes, blended with the blue, and packed on the inner rims of the eyes, for a pop of definition.
I abused my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, as usual.

I tend to do all the upper part of the eye before I do my base just because I tend to have a nervous meltdown if I have to clean up eyeshadow fall out on the dark circles area when it’s already melted on to the foundation and concealer.
so, with the upper part of the eye ready, I do my foundation (Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet), concealer (Benefit Erase Paste under the eyes and Urban Decay Naked Skin for the face), cream contour stick duo by Sephora — all the creams, basically — and then I do the area under the lower lash line (blue all over, with the grey on the outer corner, and gently blended downwards with the brown).

after that, I can still tidy up the under eyes with what’s left on my concealer brush and carry on with powder (Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder), contour (Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer), highlighter (Becca Luminous Skin Perfector in Opal), and blusher (the one I used has been discontinued, but Santa Rose by Rimmel is a great option).

I finished with Rouge Coco in Adrienne, by Chanel, and a matching gloss from the same brand (that has been discontinued), but the main point is to keep the skin and lips very nude and neutral, to maintain the eyes as the focal point of the look.

… it’s been an adventure to make this video’s voice-over, because my downstairs neighbour insists on sharing her love of Kizomba with the whole neighbourhood, making my floor and walls shake in the process… I hope I can get a bit of peace and quiet to edit and do the voice-over for the last video, so that it’s online before 2016 ;)

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